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Make DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornaments

We have been making the cutest ornaments for our Christmas tree :: glittery acorns! What could be cuter than adding a touch of woodland whimsy to make your tree sparkle and shine.

 

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DIY Glittery Acorn Ornament Tutorial - www.theMagicOnions.com

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

This is what we used to make our cute acorn ornaments…

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Materials :

  1. glitter – in lots of cute colors
  2. acorns – picked up from the neighborhood trees
  3. glue – school glue is the easiest to work with but if you are impatient to wait for glue to dry, super glue might be your best bet
  4. string – any string will do but we love the natural appeal of hemp string
  5. scissors
  6. hot glue gun
  7. black marker – to make things easier
  8. drill – you’ll need a super small drill bit
  9. paint pallet or an old muffin tin

Can’t find acorns in your neighborhood, you can buy them on Etsy. The largest acorns are the best and ones with little woody stems are magical.

 

Tutorial :

Separate the acorns from the caps by pressing on acorns while holding the caps firmly in your fingers. If your acorns are green, they won’t come apart easily and you will need to leave them in a cool dry place for a few days to dry out.

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

With the acorns separated, use the black marker to number the acorns with their corresponding acorn caps so that you will know exactly which acorn fits perfectly in which cap. The numbers will help you match up the pairs. Ensure that the markings are at the top of the acorn and on the inside of the acorn cap … we don’t want to be able to see them once we have glued them back together again.

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.comCut the string into 6-inch lengths. We’ll make loops with this hemp string for our acorns to hang from.

Drill holes in the top of each acorn cap. Your drill bit should be double the diameter of the hemp string.

Thread the hemp string through the inside of an acorn cap and back down through the hole again, making a hanging loop. Make sure that the two ends of the hemp string on the inside of the acorn cap are not long enough to protrude past the lip of the cap.

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

With the hot glue gun, put a bit of glue onto the hemp string inside the acorn cap.DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

And stick the acorn back into its cap.

You now have a perfect little acorn ornament.

We were tempted to leave our acorn ornaments natural as we thought they looks soooooo cute and could imagine how sweet our tree would look with natural acorns dotted all around it. But, the consensus, when including the children’s vote of course (damn!), was to continue with our original plans of making them spectacularly glittery. Who can pass up a chance for some sparkle and shine?

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

To keep the glitter under control, we used a recycled mini muffin tin, filling it up with many colors of wonderful glitter. I have also used a little plastic paint pallet but the dishes are a little shallow and if your kids are young, there is more potential to make a bit of a glittery mess with them. I also filled one of the cups with glue.

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Paint an acorn with school glue, making sure not to get glue on the acorn cap!

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Now, dip the acorn in the glitter, spreading color evenly all around the acorn.

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Set your amazingly gorgeous acorn ornaments aside to dry completely. A nice sunny spot on a window sill will work perfectly.

If you are nervous of the glitter coming off your ornaments and showering your house with fairy dust, spray them with a coat of Polyurethane spray. This forms a protective coating over the glitter and it will not sprinkle around. We, of course, like fairy dust, so decided not to follow this step.

 

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Hang them on your Christmas tree for some magical sparkle and shine! And just wait until your Christmas lights make them shimmer. There will be a gasp from the crowd!

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

In years gone bye, I’ve made these sweet acorn ornaments for gifts for family and friends. They hare consistently been a big hit!

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I’ve make a cool graphic for you to share on Pinterest … just in case you need to make some more next year!

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Happy Christmas crafting… may the peach of the season fill you and your loved ones with joy.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Velvet Material Pumpkins :: DIY Thanksgiving Crafting Tutorial

We’ve been making velvet pumpkins to get us into the Thanksgiving spirit. We add a few drops of On Guard essential oil to the rice inside and now our home smells so so so yummy!

They are really very quick and easy to make, just a few simple steps…

 

 

You can also follow the full diy picture tutorial here.

Happy fall crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

Silk Toadstool Christmas Ornament DIY Tutorial

Oh my… we’ve been making these most adorable silk toadstools for our Christmas tree. Each one takes a few minutes to make and, at this rate, our tree will be laden with toadstools!

I found the silk fabric in wonderfully natural colors at Joannes Fabrics. It was on sale too!

The foam balls are from the Dollar Store and we picked up the sticks from outside.

Watch this self-explanatory  how-to video I to see how easy they are to make ::

 

 

And, please send me a photo if you make them for your tree.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Velvet Pumpkins :: DIY Tutorial

I’ve admired velvet pumpkins for years. There is something so awesomely luxurious about them. I love velvet. It makes me remember my grandmother… or rather, her formal sitting room… the one children were forbidden (unless on vary rare special occasions) to enter. It had plush velvet couches that a child could draw on simply by running a little finger along the fabric… like magic! No wonder velvet holds such fascination to me… still to this day!

So, I was super when a friend suggested we make our own velvet pumpkins. Being a novice at sewing, I was relieved to discover that not much sewing is needed. Velvet pumpkins are, in fact, quite easy to make!

Give them a try… you’ll love it.

Velvet Pumpkin

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Materials :

  • velvet material
  • rice
  • wool fiber filler
  • 1/2 cup of rice
  • On Guard essential oil
  • needle and thread
  • brown wire
  • green felt leaf
  • scissors
  • marker
  • pot lid

** optional ** I added a few drops of On Guard essential oil and now my pumpkins fill the room with such a wonderfully spicy aroma. It’s autumn in our house for sure!

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Method :

Put the velvet (velvet side down) on a flat surface like a tabletop or the floor.

Cut out a circle with scissors. The circle size will determine the size of your pumpkin. Make things easy by finding something in your home that is the right circular size to use as a stencil. I used the lid from my largest pot. Mark around the outside of the stencil with a marker. As your fabric is velvet side down, you will not be able to see the marker on your finished pumpkin.

Make your pumpkin any size you wish. Small pumpkins are adorable but larger ones are cool too. Making many pumpkins in various colors and sizes looks wonderful.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

With needle and thread, sew a simple straight catch stitch around the outside of your fabric, leaving a length thread on either side.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

When you gently pull the thread tails at the same time, your fabric will gather and close. Pull these threads until a small pouch has formed.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Fill your pumpkin with rice and a essential oil or a little cinnamon if you wish to add the scent of fall to your creation.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

 

Fill the rest of the pumpkin with wool or other fiber filling.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

When the pumpkin is nice and plump, close it firmly by pulling on the thread tails until the mouth of the pumpkin closes. If you think the pumpkin could be a little plumper, add more wool to it by loosening the mouth, adding more fiber and puling it closed again.

Tie the two thread tails together in a simple double knot. Trim the thread.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

To give your pumpkin an indent, cinch the middle by passing the thread through the middle of the pumpkin, looping it and threading it back through the middle again. Tie the thread tight, cinching the pumpkin in the middle for that lovely ‘pumpkin’ shape.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Cut the stick stalk into about an inch and insert it into the mouth of the pumpkin.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Make the curled spirals of pumpkin vine by winding brown wire around a stick. Pull off the twirly brown wire carefully so that the curls remain in the wire. To elongate the twirls a little, pull gently on each end of the wire. Insert the twirls of vine into the mouth of the pumpkin.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Stick a green felt leaf (or paper if you don’t have felt) onto the stalk of the pumpkin.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

 

Each pumpkin should take you about 10 minutes to make so there’s plenty of time for you to make a whole barrow full!

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Here’s a quick cheat-sheet if you want to Pin this project for later or share it with your friends.

 

Velvet Pumpkin DIY Tutorial

Happy Fall crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

 

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